In Asia, Democracy, International Manifesto Group

The Summit for Socialist Democracy was a  webinar hosted by Friends of Socialist China and the International Manifesto Group.

The webinar took place Saturday 11 December over Zoom and YouTube.


About this event

On December 9-10, Biden hosted a ‘Summit for Democracy’, with “leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal” and to “defend against authoritarianism”. The geopolitical theme of this was, of course, to close ranks in the capitalist world against China, Russia, Cuba, DPRK, Venezuela and other countries. The ideological theme was to reaffirm the superiority of capitalism and so-called liberal democracy.

Our event challenged the dominant narratives around democracy,  highlighted the democratic systems prevailing in socialist societies, discussed the plutocratic nature of neoliberal capitalism, and exposed how the concept of democracy is leveraged in support of a deeply undemocratic and violent imperialism.


Cheng Enfu (Principal Professor, University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) VIDEO

Carlos Ron (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America, Venezuela) VIDEO

Isabel Monal Rodríguez (Director of the Department of Marxist Studies, Academy of Sciences of Cuba) VIDEO

Luna Oi (Vietnamese blogger and broadcaster) VIDEO

Kiyul Chung (Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, China; Korea University, Tokyo, Japan) VIDEO

Layla Brown (Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, US) VIDEO

Elias Jabbour (Professor, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil) VIDEO

Roland Boer (Professor, Dalian University of Technology, China) VIDEO

Danny Haiphong (Co-editor, Friends of Socialist China; Contributing editor, Black Agenda Report) VIDEO

Ju-Hyun Park (Writer and organizer, Nodutdol) VIDEO

Moderator: Radhika Desai (Professor, University of Manitoba, Canada) VIDEO

The event is organized jointly by Friends of Socialist China and the International Manifesto Group, and is co-sponsored by the Morning StarNodutdol and Qiao Collective.

Article updated Dec. 15, 2021.

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